Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia

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Dyslexia

What is it?  Can it be “cured”?

The word DYSLEXIA comes from the Greek language.  DYS means ‘difficulty’ while LEXIA

means ‘written words’. So dyslexia is simply a word describing the fact that some people (5-10%) find it hard to learn to read and write, even though their intelligence is ‘normal’. Some dyslexics are actually very ‘bright’.

Examples of famous dyslexics:

Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Walt Disney,Tom Cruise, Whoppi Goldberg, John Lennon, Lee Kuan Yew, Leonardo da Vinci, and many more..

While it seems to be clearly established that dyslexia results from differences in the structure and function of the brain, it is still not very clear what causes dyslexia.

More recent studies use the fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to scan the brain and map the neural circuitry while subjects are reading. The imaging studies revealed markedly different brain activation patterns in dyslexic readers compared to those in good readers.

Dyslexia is not a disease, so we do not talk about a ‘cure’. Although it is a lifelong condition, most dyslexics learn  to read and write well. Early intervention is advised.

June 22, 2007 - Posted by | Persatuan Dyslexia

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